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After starring in Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Chinese-American actress Fala Chen shared that she was still being typecast for potential movies and TV series.
Responding to reporters’ questions on Tuesday for HBO’s limited series “Irma Vep,” Chen, 40, revealed that following her role as Ying Li in “Shang Chihe was offered roles for Asian characters who speak only Chinese.
“After Shang-Chi, we get more calls telling me that I’m playing an Asian character who only speaks Chinese,” Chen said. AsiaOne. “I feel like personally, as a human being, I have a lot more to give. So it feels like we’re constantly fighting against that.”
Before appearing in the hit Marvel 2021, which features a predominantly asian castingChen was already an established Hong Kong television star, best known for his roles in series such as “Steps” (2007) and “Triumph in the Skies II” (2013).
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“Towards the end of my time doing TV shows in Hong Kong, I hit a bottleneck and just knew I had to do something about it,” Chen said. Harper’s Bazaar in September 2021. “I worked so hard for so long, filming literally 20 hours a day non-stop for several months. It was so hard – it really broke me psychologically.
Chen left Hong Kong in 2014 and moved to the United States to study at the Juilliard School, where she earned her Masters of Fine Arts.
In “Shang Chi“, Chen plays the titular character’s mother, Ying Li, who guards the mythical land of Ta Lo and later falls in love with Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung). In “Irma Vep,” Chen plays Cynthia Keng, a Hong Kong star hand-picked by René Vidal (Vincent Macaigne) to appear alongside Mira (Alicia Vikander) in “Les Vampires,” the film in the series.
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After being typecast, Chen told AsiaOne that she would “always have this feeling, like, ‘Why did they cast me in this particular role?
“It feels like there’s still a limit to a lot of people’s imagination [on] what an actor is capable of beyond the color of their skin,” Chen noted.
Recalling her massive fame in Hong Kong, Chen said what she experienced there was “extremely expensive”, explaining that she had to give up her privacy and her name in the process.
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With all that aside, Chen will continue performing, noting that she is “confident in [her] work]” even after television transitioned from Hong Kong to Hollywood.
“I don’t feel like I need validation to prove myself,” Chen said. “But I think I’m ambitious and greedy – I’m always looking for the next level, the next challenge and the next big project that interests me.”
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